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Ebola Virus

African nations pledge 1,600 volunteer Ebola workers

ImageThe African Union says member states have promised to send more than 1,600 volunteer health workers to Ebola-affected countries. The continent's slow response to help the stricken nations has come under criticism.

Ebola Virus

US journalist recovers from Ebola in Nebraska hospital

US photojournalist Ashoka Mukpo has been pronounced free of Ebola at a hospital in Nebraska where he was admitted three weeks ago. The 33-year-old caught the deadly virus while on assignment in Monrovia, Liberia.


Stuttering - when words won't cooperate

Those who suffer from a stutter get hung up on individual sounds or syllables, making everyday interactions like placing calls or asking for directions difficult. The disorder cannot be cured, but therapy can help.


Comet hurtles past Mars in rare celestial event

A comet scraped past Mars on Sunday in what scientists called a once-in-a-million-years encounter. NASA documented the rare event, and it's hoped the data will shed light on the origins of the solar system.


Apple and Facebook's 'social freezing' may be problematic

It sounds like a generous, socially-minded offer from Apple and Facebook to pay for female employees to have eggs frozen for pregnancy later in life. But it's not without its complications.

Mobile Technology

All wired-up with nowhere to go? Brussels media pack reflects on its tech-addiction

Journalists covering the European Union tend to pack tech-laden devices. But at the launch of a new, journalist-friendly app, some reporters admit to a love-hate relationship with their gadgets.


Needles, no drops: Nepal takes step towards polio eradication with injected vaccine

Health experts hope to free the world of polio fully by 2018. So far, the common oral vaccine has saved many lives. But the vaccine can also cause the disease, so they say it's time for a new Approach.


Comet Chury smells like rotten eggs

Sensoring devices on board the Rosetta spacecraft have detected chemicals in the cloud of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide - in other words, it stinks.


Chinese moon rocket takes private satellite along

China is sending a spacecraft to the moon to prepare for a futre moon landing. A memorial mini satellite from the German airspace company LuxSpace/OHB is traveling piggyback.


Doctors say 'paralysis can be reversed' after man gets new treatment

A paralyzed man is walking again after treatment in Poland. The leading British scientist working to help Darek Fidyka says it's "more impressive than walking on the moon."

Games Development

This new wave of indie computer games may stop you becoming an anti-social droid

While players of mainstream computer games wield ray guns in space or take part in the D-day landings, a new wave of indie games is asking people to navigate through family breakups and depression.

Nobel Laureates

Breaking good: 2014 chemistry Nobel Laureates broke barriers in light microscopy

For over a century, scientists believed it was impossible to see viruses and single molecules with a microscope. But three researchers broke through this "physical limit" and are now Nobel Laureates.

Nobel Laureates

Let there be blue light: blue LEDs take the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics

Energy-saving light-emitting diodes have conquered the world. Diodes for red and green light have been on the market for 50 years. But blue was a huge challenge - until three Japanese physicists came along.


Discovery of 'brain GPS' places neuroscientists in league of Nobel laureates

Men are said to be better than women at creating maps in their brains. But as the three winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine show, even mice have brain cells for navigation.

Nobel Laureates

Nobel laureate Moser: 'We built our lab from scratch. It's like our third child'

Edvard Moser, one of this year's winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine talks to DW about his research, working with his wife, May-Britt Moser, and their "third child" - their lab.